Only two years ago, Packers GM Ted Thompson traded up in the NFL Draft to selected the defensive lineman from Michigan State in the second round. Wednesday Green Bay's trade with New England was completed. Per the NFL transaction wire, Worthy was shipped to the the Patriots for an "unannounced pick." Worthy was coming off a season that ended with an ACL tear, and hadn't practiced yet at camp following surgery on his lower back.
Thompson met with the media earlier this morning, but declined to comment on the previously unofficial report of the trade. With Worth gone only Nick Perry, Casey Hayward, and Mike Daniels remain from the 2012 draft class, and only seven of Green Bay's 18 draft choices from '11 and '12 are still on the roster, the worst percentage in the NFL.
"You don't beat yourself up too much," Thompson said of swinging and missing sometimes in the draft. "The personnel game and drafting young men to come from college where they have been spoon-feed to the NFL where your not spoon feed, it's not an exact science. "We understand that and we try to learn from what we think our mistakes are."
In the locker room, second-year defensive end addressed Worthy's quick departure from the franchise.
"We're all brothers on this D-Line," said Jones. "For us, we were all like wow, it can happen to anybody, anytime. Unfortunately it was him."
Thompson said when you trade up for a player, you have to be more sure of the evaluation you have on them because of what you are giving up in return.
"You stumble and fall from time to time," said Thompson. "You do what you think is the right thing for the team and it doesn't work out."
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